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Clean Air Zone - Go Live 26 September 2022

Bradford Council is dedicated to improving air quality in our District. We hope that you will join us on our journey and use your cleanest vehicles when travelling in Bradford.

Bradford CAZ will be launched on 26 September 2022

Bradford Council has been directed by Government to implement a CAZ to achieve compliance with legal limits for air quality. While the Council has put forward alternatives to a CAZ, the Government has instructed the Council that a charging CAZ is the only way that the district can comply with the direction in the shortest possible timeframe.

The extended lead time allows IT systems to be fully tested and businesses more time to use the Clean Air Zone funding available and upgrade their vehicles prior to the launch. It also provides Bradford district businesses and households more time to apply for local exemptions.

You can read more about the Clean Air Zone here

Bradford Clean Air Zone starts 26 September 2022

What do I need to know?

To prepare for the launch of the Bradford CAZ we would encourage anyone who feels they may be affected by the CAZ should check their vehicles on the Government website: .

This will let you know if your vehicle will be charged for driving in any of the UK Clean Air Zones including Bradford.

  • Passenger cars and motorbikes will not be charged for entering the Bradford Clean Air Zone. It doesn’t matter if you live outside the Bradford District or if you use your vehicle for work purposes.
  • Bradford householders can apply for an exemption if you own a non-compliant commercial type vehicle for private use (e.g. vans, campers, motorhomes and horseboxes), you will not have to pay.
  • Bradford businesses, are eligible for up to 3 vehicles being exempt so most businesses, as long as they apply, won’t have to pay. This includes self–employed and sole traders. They are also eligible for grants to help them upgrade.

Find out more about local and national exemptions on our website,

Our District is ready to improve air quality

Air pollution is a serious risk to our health. To combat this, Clean Air Zones are being introduced in cities across England, to improve air quality and the health of people who live and work there.

1 in every 5 of Bradford’s children has a breathing problem. At least one third of childhood asthma cases in the city are caused by air pollution. There are 370 respiratory emergency attendances per week at our Districts hospitals.

There is over £30 million Government funding available to help our District become cleaner and we have been working hard to help local businesses take advantage of this.

  • Bradford district now has one of the cleanest taxi fleets in the country with 87% of taxis being compliant, with the support of £4m of electric vehicle grants to achieve a 25% electric fleet.
  • We have assisted with the upgrade of over 370 buses ensuring all scheduled and tendered services meet the Clean Air Zone standard. 33 new electric buses will start running on busy routes next year.
  • £7.4m in grants have been allocated to assist businesses to upgrade over 20% of all lorries registered in the District
  • There have been over 3,400 grant applications across the funding categories (HGV, Bus, Coach, LGV, Minibus and Taxis.)

CAZ Clean Air team are here to help

What help is available?

Find out more about local and national exemptions on our website,

If you are unsure if you will be charged to drive in the Bradford Clean Air Zone call our Clean Air Zone team who will be happy to provide you factual information about the status of your vehicle and will let you know if you are eligible for an exemption.

Tel:  01274 435533.

Check your vehicle online

Using the government’s GOV.UK’s vehicle checker, you will be able to check whether charges will apply to your vehicle using your registration number. If you’re a business or organisation, you can check multiple vehicles.

Clean Air Zone links and information

All information regarding the Bradford CAZ, including information about grants and exemptions, can be found on the Breathe Better Bradford website.

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Clean Air Zone enquiries: 01274 435533 or complete the online form

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